There is nothing sinister about this symbol.
Robert Richard Hieronimus is the author of the book, "Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians, and the Decoding of the Great Seal."
Robert Richard Hieronimus, Ph.D. (b. 1943) is an educator, artist, author, activist and has been an acknowledged pioneer in the "New Paradigm" movement since 1971.YouTube Video Description [Channel - VideoDave2]:
Hieronimus's research on the Great Seal has been used in the speeches, literature, and libraries of the White House (1976, 1982), the State Department (1978), and the Department of Interior (1982). His Independence Hall speech on the Great Seal's bicentennial was published in the Congressional Record (1983, 1984), and his research was shared in a personal meeting with the late Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat. Together with his wife, Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus, Robert Hieronimus lobbied the House and Senate on the Great Seal Act (1982–1986). Inner Traditions published a popular version of Hieronimus's doctoral thesis in 1989, entitled America's Secret Destiny: Spiritual Vision and the Founding of a Nation. This book was revised and expanded in 2006 under the title Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians and the Decoding of the Great Seal. As a result of this book, Dr. Bob was featured on documentaries on the National Geographic, Discovery and History Channels. Founding Fathers, Secret Societies has been translated into German, French, Russian, and Spanish.
In 2008, New Page Books released his book, United Symbolism of America: Deciphering Hidden Meanings in America's Most Familiar Art, Architecture and Logos, an account of how the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the flag, the eagle, the Great Seal, and Washington DC became American icons. Each is examined from a humanistic psychological point of view with interpretations from world cultures, religions, secret societies, archetypes and popular usage. Hieronimus makes a strong defense against the growing anti-American mythology from dreamed-up conspiracies about our Founding Fathers and their symbols, based on poor research and illogical conclusions. This book was turned into a 2-hour special on the Discovery Channel called “Secret America,” a special on the History Channel called “Secrets of the Founding Fathers,” and was featured in a segment on Canada’s Vision TV called “Occult Architecture: Washington DC.”
Bob Hieronimous from FortFest 2008, discusses, " Decoding the Great Seal". The Founding Fathers and the use of symbolic messages in America's beginnings. Fortean lectures in their entirety are available on DVD from INFO. More information on INFO at http://www.forteans.com or contact VideoDave2